In the “How to Format” bar that shows when editing the body of a question or editing an answer, there is this example for how to format:

<a href="http://foo.com">foo</a>

There is a problem with this: foo.com is a site that is owned by someone currently and has links to a bunch of ads. It could be sold to a malicious company and is linked in the Network's guidance. Also, it is a bad example in another way: it's not on HTTPS and thus not secure.

It should be replaced with https://example.com, which is a site that is set aside exclusively for being used as a random example website in cases like this.

There is also a related problem: in the help linked to in the formatting bar, there are examples that use insecure HTTP in the links, not HTTPS. Sites like https://google.com and https://yahoo.com support secure HTTPS, and the examples should show this; they should set an, ahem, example for using HTTPS in links if possible.


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Yes, we need to set a better example (I'm here all week).

This includes stuff found in:

  • Individual per-site settings
  • Transifex for the international sites
  • The help center (I believe a few have custom overrides we have to check)
  • Baked-in stuff, including posts

The guidance needs to be changed specifically to point to example.com, with guidance on using HTTPS.

I don't have a timeframe, but it's now on the backlog board of curation things that we've been doing a pretty good job of chipping away at monthly.

Will update when done. I coulda sworn we addressed this on a large scale previously some years back, but we never quite got out of discussing logistics about it. Anyway, we'll get it done.

  • By "Baked-in stuff, including posts", do you mean the How to Format bar? May 11, 2019 at 17:30
  • Yes, that's what Tim meant :)
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jul 3, 2019 at 12:26

"It is done" — Elspeth

It has been changed to https://example.com in the example

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